Category Archives: Jefferson County Parks

Mount Falcon (Mount Falcon Park, CO)

Mount Falcon, rising to 7,841 feet above sea level, guards the eastern gateway to the Front Range outside Denver, Colorado. A short drive from the city, Mount Falcon Park is a popular destination for local residents, attractive hikers, mountain bikers, … Continue reading

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Trading Post Trail (Red Rocks Park, CO)

Rising abruptly from the dry prairielands at the base of Colorado’s Front Range, the ruddy sandstone outcrops at Red Rocks Park are a popular destination in the Denver area. A short drive from the bustling metropolis, Red Rocks feels in … Continue reading

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Bruin Bluff Trail Loop (Lair o’ the Bear Park, CO)

Gaining 180 feet in elevation, the Bruin Bluff Trail is a slightly more difficult alternative to the Bear Creek Trail in Lair o’ the Bear Park, roughly five miles west of Morrison, Colorado. Climbing in and out of mostly spruce … Continue reading

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Bear Creek Trail to Corwina Park (Lair o’ the Bear Park, CO)

One of the easiest mountain hikes in the Denver area, the Bear Creek Trail offers a family-friendly adventure through Lair o’ the Bear Park, which is roughly halfway between Morrison and Evergreen, Colorado. Heading west from the Lair o’ the … Continue reading

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Mount Galbraith Loop via Cedar Gulch Trail (Mount Galbraith Park, CO)

Less than a half-hour drive from the heart of Denver, Colorado, Mount Galbraith is a hikers-only park comprising 1,969 acres of sweeping hillsides, deep ravines, conifer forest, and, of course, the summit of the 7,260-foot peak. The 4.2-mile hike described … Continue reading

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Bluebird Meadow – Homestead Trail Loop (Alderfer Three Sisters Park, CO)

Alderfer/Three Sisters Park has the look and feel of a local park, populated mostly by trail runners, bikers, dog-walkers, and Evergreen residents on their evening strolls. (On the Saturday evening I visited, a gaggle of high-school girls were filming a … Continue reading

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Narrow Gauge Trail – Eastern Section (Pine Valley Ranch Park, CO)

Note: This post is the second of two trail descriptions from a blissful October day at Pine Valley Ranch Park, an hour’s drive from the Denver area and a refreshingly quiet alternative to the crowded Jefferson County parks around Evergreen … Continue reading

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Buck Gulch – Strawberry Jack – Park View Trail Loop (Pine Valley Ranch Park, CO)

Considering the hundreds of thousands of outdoors-lovers in and around Denver, it should come as no surprise that there is an endless array of parks and trails within a 90-minute drive from the state capital. This includes Arapaho, Roosevelt, and … Continue reading

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